Daily Planet Staff
An estimated 30,000 visitors from the Bay Area and across California are expected to come to the UC Berkeley campus Saturday for Cal Day 2000, UC Berkeley’s free open house featuring tours, activities and lectures.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the campus will open the doors to its labs, lecture halls and museums, giving visitors an inside look at the nation’s top public university. Throughout the day there will be a variety of free musical and dance performances, sporting events and scientific demonstrations.
Visitors will learn how UC Berkeley scientists could use their backyard to study earthquakes at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory. They can also follow professor Roland Burgmann on a guided tour that traces the Hayward Fault through campus.
For those interested in literature, UC Berkeley’s libraries will have plenty to offer. The only movie footage ever shot of Mark Twain will be on display along with many of the famous author’s manuscripts. During hourly tours, visitors will get a chance to look at these artifacts and talk to the editors of the university’s Mark Twain Project, the world’s foremost collection of the author’s work.
Here are highlights of the day’s free events:
• Tours: Student guides will lead campus walking tours every half hour. In addition, visitors can learn about the university while riding around the campus in motorized cable cars. There will also be a variety of specialized tours ranging from a guide to campus trees to a behind-the-scenes tour of the campus’s sewer system.
• Sports: From 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cal’s football team will show off its newest recruits during a scrimmage in Memorial Stadium. And, at 2 p.m. watch the women’s intercollegiate lacrosse team as they take on UC Davis in Memorial Stadium.
• Children’s events: Young people can experience the thrill of finding fossils at the Museum of Paleontology or listen to storytellers at the 9th annual Celebration of Children’s Literature in Tolman Hall.
On Saturday, admission is free to all campus museums, including the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Botanical Garden and the Berkeley Art Museum. Parking in most campus lots is free as well. A detailed schedule of events is available on the Cal Day web site at www.berkeley.edu/calday.
For more information, contact Visitor Services at 510-642-5215.